Photos of the Kaiserreich

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Siegfriend Muller, believed to be taken in 1962 during his time in the Kongo Civil War (1962-1967). Fighting in the army of the Kaiserreich during the Second Weltkrieg, after the war Muller found himself one of many demobilized soldiers without a job. Like many other WK2 veterans, Muller found his calling in mercenary work. Beginning in 1947, Muller and his band of mercs would fight in wars all around the world, especially in the chaotic former Mittelafrika region. Mercs like Muller were very important in the various conflicts in the decades after Mittelafrika's collapse, with fighting between Askari remnants, independence movements, CSA-sponsored syndicalists, and European settler-states meant a constant amount of work and pay for Mullers merry band.
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Logo of Muller's mercenary group, the "Afrika Corp", who liked to larp as German soldiers, many of them being former soldiers of the German army​
 
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The Soviet Kirov-M battlecruiser Marshal Lelyushenko in Black Sea trials, 2010

The Kirov-M class Battlecruiser, the largest combat ship in the world, is a mix between the battleships of old and the missile destroyers of new. It's gigantic size of 292 meters by 36.6 meters make it a fearsome sight, or relieving, depending on your allegiance. There are six ships in this class, the earliest, Admiral Vasily Arkhipov, entered service in 1994 and the newest (by 2022) is the Marshal Vorontsov, entering service in 2012.

Three of these ships reside in the West, two in the Svalbard Naval Station, and one in the Crimean Shipyards. The other three are stationed in the Far East region, facing off against the Japanese. Their namesake, the Kirov, while older, are not obsolete and four ships exist in that class (8 planned, 2 remained unbuilt, and 2 scrapped in the 1990's) as well.

The Kirov-M is powered by two 85,000 Horsepower Engines, for a combined 170,000 HP. At 30,550 Tons, this makes the Kirov-M extremely maneuverable for a ship of her size, and much easier to accelerate and stay at full speed. It's armor is 150mm thick and mostly steel with Composite materials beneath. It's systems are highly advanced and uses cutting-edge technology in sensors and RADAR systems to find and keep a lock on targets, or to navigate on the open ocean.

It's armament, the primary feature of the ship, is numerous and very heavy. Two turrets carrying dual 130mm naval cannons can fire a variety of ammunition at a rate of 200 rounds per minute. The Ship has 12 AK-830 CIWS (8 barrels, 30mm) for air defense and close-range protection (the famous destruction of an Iranian attack ship that got too close went viral on both Soviet and Non-Soviet online forums). The Kirov-M also carries 64 Kinzhal missiles ready to go, with more reloads if necessary. It carries the P-820 Oniks-B Cruise missile to deal with heavy targets, and is perfect for decimating large ships similar or larger to itself. It has 8 launch tubes and 16 missiles ready, and it rarely needs more than 1 to destroy it's target. The Kirov-M can also equip land-attack cruise missiles and Anti-Submarine-Warfare measures on it, in addition to it's S-400 Triumf long-range air defense.
Somewhere, a Blackburn Buccaneer is spooling up it's engines. followed by USS Missouri.
 
Inspired by @theg*ddam*hoi2fan Kaiserreich/DC Comics story The People's Princess - Tales of the Wonder Woman (Warning: spoilers):
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Princess of Diana of Themiscyra during the Battle of Richmond.

Daughter of the Amazon Queen Hippolyta, Diana lived a peaceful life on the paradise island of the Amazons until African-American pilot Stephanie Trevor of the United Syndicalist States of America crashed landed. After learning of the advanced weapons being used by the America Union State, she deduced quickly that they were the work of Ares, God of War and ancient enemy of the Amazons.

Diana shortly left the island with Stephanie and pledged herself to the Syndicalist cause of the USSA against the other American factions. During the war, she had been credited with the capture of AUS industrialist Henry Ford (with the help of the legendary Batman of Gotham) and Federalist leader, President-General Douglas MacArthur.

While she quickly became a hero to the Internationale due to her strength and incredible technology, Diana was also respected as a humanitarian, often going out of the way to help the poor, the orphaned and the injured. She was also famous for the mercy she would show on her enemies during and after a battle.
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War bond posters featuring Diana quickly became very popular in the USSA (and beyond) .
 
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French citizens defending Paris during the invasion of Nationalist France, 1941
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A helmeted bulldog guarding his family outside a block of flats during the Canadian invasion, 1940
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The reconstruction of the Equestrian Statue of Frederick the Great Unter den Linden, Berlin 1980
 

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Remember when people put actual counter factual descriptions into these things and it wasn't just a picture of something from OTL.

Seriously that's just the OTL Hollywood sign circa the Early 20th. Why the fuck did this warranted posting. It's not even on fire or related to in anything about the civil war like for example a sniper nest to assassinate PSA figures. Why is this thread so shit now
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A little girl sitting in the ruins of her home that was destroyed by Canadian bombers, Union of Britain, 24th August 1940
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The future president of the Pacific States of America, Walt Disney, while he was still an animator, Los Angeles, 1939.

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An all black CSA air squadron, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who were famous for bringing down more AUS planes then most other squads and for making several successful bombing runs on Sliver Legion locations
 
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A massive crowd in London gather to witness the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi, visiting from Free India, in 1931
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The People's Liberation Fleet celebrate the anniversary of the CSA's victory in the 2ACW. Hudson River, New York City, 1945
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Fifty years on, an Australasian ANZAC veteran and survivor of the first wave of Gallipoli landings looks over Anzac Cove, 25 April 1965.
 
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An arms cache, including a German MG-34 machine gun discovered in a Los Angeles safe house belonging to “La Hermandad”(The Brotherhood) in June of 2007. Founded in the early 1970s due to increasing tensions between the Mexican-American and Caucasian populations of Union State controlled Texas and New Mexico, “La Hermandad” was, at least officially, a self defense militia for Mexican Americans who felt oppressed under St. Louis‘ often autocratic rule. However, the group was rapidly subverted by the syndicalist government of Mexico, which established safe havens and training camps for the group in Sonora, Chihuahua and Coahuila provinces as well as providing intelligence support and arms deliveries. A recently declassified Union State Directorate of Military Intelligence(DMI) report published in 1979 stated that the group was “just as heavily armed as some regular army units and certainly better equipped than many of the police forces of Texas and New Mexico”. Clashes between special police units such as the Texas Rangers and the “sicarios” of La Hermandad would continue on a fairly regular basis throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, at which point much of the group was either destroyed or forced to flee back over the Rio Grande following Operation Nightshade, a joint operation between the AUS military and local police forces. Reorganizing in the safety of the Chihuahuan desert, La Hermandad began preparations for a renewed northern campaign; however, they had lost a large amount of their weaponry, requiring increased support from the Mexican government. During the mid 1980s La Hermandad began to establish itself in the Pacific States of America as well, clashing with Pacifican border troops in Arizona and making contacts with Mexican-Americans living in Southern California....particularly criminal elements such as the Salazar Cartel. Probably the most notable incident of this “Second Phase“ was the assassination of Pacifican journalist Henry Anderson in Las Vegas in March of 1987.

Anderson was a reporter known for his opposition to the syndicalist government of Mexico, reporting favorably on anti syndicalist exile groups in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the PSA. His reports on refugees fleeing across the Sonoran desert to the PSA had embarrassed the Mex Ian government, which viewed him as an “enemy of the people”. Anderson had received death threats before but dismissed them as being empty bluster......as it turned out, they were anything but.

On March 18, 1987 Anderson was eating in a local cafe when a truck pulled up outside and four heavily armed men stormed into the restaurant, guns blazing. Anderson and seven other customers and staff members were killed in the initial barrage of gunfire; eleven other people were wounded, three of them critically. A massive manhunt would eventually run the members of the hit team to ground in Southern California two days later; of the five members of the team behind the assassination, three, Carlos Fernandez, Diego Lopez and Pablo Rivera, were killed outright in the shootout(which also claimed the life of a Pacifican California State Police officer, Officer Joseph Fitzpatrick); one, Ignacio Sanchez, was badly wounded and captured, and later sentenced to a forty five year prison term; and the last man, known only as ”Jorge”, escaped, and was never captured. The identity of “Jorge” is a matter of much debate even to this day, with many believing he was a Mexican Special Forces commando or intelligence operative. The assassination of Anderson by members of La Hermandad led the Pacifican government to begin a crackdown on the organization.

In the late 1990s, the recession of the Mexican economy meant that they were unable to supply the group with as much support, causing the organization to shift to smuggling illicit materials such as drugs into the AUS and PSA in order to fund continued operations. The profitability of such smuggling operations meant that La Hermandad would remain a threat to American stability even after the country ’s reunification. The group continues to operate in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California and Nevada even to this day.

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The famous “Seidel photo“, perhaps the most convincing evidence that the immense Megalodon shark still lives. In July of 1942, Imperial German Navy U-Boats U-111 and U-179 had been operating in the South China Sea for several weeks, attacking Japanese merchant ships and troop transports as part of the(rather ironically named) Operation Hai(Shark). Having seen a great deal of success both submarines were running low on fuel and torpedoes, and therefore radioed Saigon to request resupply. The supply submarine U-4070 had been dispatched to meet the two other U-Boats at a certain location relatively close to the island of Hainan, and the morning of July 20th saw the two U-Boats surfaced in order to get some fresh air. Captain Johan Seidel of U-179 had just been settling in at his command post when the sounds of alarmed shouting coming from the lookouts he had posted on the deck of the U-Boat began to ring up. Hurrying up the ladder to the deck of the submarine, Seidel had to shoulder his way through a crowd of his bewildered sailors gawking at....something passing nearby. He was soon realized what they were staring at.....and was horrified. According Seidel and his crew, a gargantuan shark was circling the two U-Boats in a wide loop seemingly trying to figure out what they were. Noticing a similar crowd having gathered on the deck of U-111, Seidel ordered his men to signal Captain Ernst Böhm, the commander of his fellow U-Boat, to try and figure out what to do about this bizarre situation. His fellow captain, quite frankly, was equally baffled.

Realizing that no one would believe them if they didn’t take a picture of the nearby creature, Seidel ordered one of his crewmen to snap a picture with the ship’s camera. The photo, with U-111 in the foreground for scale, shows an immense shark— more than sixty feet long at the best estimates of Captain Seidel—- passing by in the near distance, its distinctive dorsal fin and tail fin extending several feet in the air. The shark apparently circled the motionless U-Boats several more times before disappearing beneath the waves, leaving a rather shaken group of sailors uneasily eyeing the ocean around them. The photo was successfully developed when U-179 returned to Saigon from its patrol, but Seidel gave it to his superiors and it languished in a classified folder filled with files about “mysterious phenomena“ encountered by German soldiers during the Second Weltkrieg(everything ranging from a mysterious woman in white who had seemingly stalked a German officer in Belarus for several weeks before his frozen corpse was discovered as his unit retreated through a marsh......in the middle of summer, to rumors of fanged monsters lurking in tunnels beneath the cities of the Rhineland, to a report from German colonial troops in New Guinea who claimed to have encountered what they described as “glowing dragons”) for years until it was discovered in the mid 1970s by a lieutenant in the Imperial German Navy going through old files destined to be declassified, and then sold to a Saigon newspaper.

The photo caused a furor in the international media. U-111 had been sunk a year later with all hands by a Japanese destroyer off the coast of Luzon, but U-179 had survived the war, and several crewmen had come forwards to confirm that the photo was authentic and they had really seen this massive shark. To this day, the Seidel photo is seen as one of the best examples of evidence for the continued existence of the Megalodon shark, and in the existence of cryptids as a whole.

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A pair of Panzer Mark VB “Jagdpanther”(Hunting Panther) tank destroyers roll through a French village, September 1944. The Jagdpanther was based on the Panzer Mark V “Kriegsengel “ main battle tank and was designed to combat the heaviest tanks of the French Communard and Union of Britain’s armored forces. Mounted on the Kriegsengel’s chassis, the Jagdpanther was equipped with a high velocity 88mm gun(the same gun used by the Panzer Mark VI “Tiger” heavy tank), two machine guns, and possessed a crew of five. The vehicle‘s low profile made it relatively easily concealable, and it’s heavily sloped frontal armor made it nearly invulnerable from the front(although the side armor was much weaker). Another weakness of the model was that it was hard for it to turn and maneuver swiftly, which was why standard German doctrine for the Jagdpanther was to have it engage a foe from long range, ensuring that it’s strong frontal armor was always presented to the foe.

The Jagdpanther had a reputation for reliability; despite being unable to turn or maneuver quickly, while moving in a straight line the vehicle could reach a reasonable speed. The tank destroyer would soon form one of the bulwarks of the German armored forces, serving in combat roles from August 1944 until the end of the war, and then for another decade post war.
 
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On the 25th of April of 1974, the Portuguese freed themselves from a 48 year long Totalist dictatorship. Civilians were asked to stay home but instead took the streets overwhelmed with joy and started putting carnations at the top of the soldiers' guns.
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Italian syndicalists in the streets of Venice. April 1945
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PSA Army personnel and Korean villagers gathering to watch an outdoor movie screening, 1947
 
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Notre Dame de Paris is restored and reconstructed after the cathedral withstood four days of relentless attack by the German forces during the Second Weltkrieg. 1942
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Australasian airmen from New Zealand perform the haka upon arrival in Vancouver, Canada for the Entente Air Training Scheme. 27 November 1940
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During the Cold War or Kalterkrieg (1947-1991) tensions between the Internationale and non-syndicalist nations were extremely high, with many in that era believing that another, more destructive war, was on it's way. Here we see Canadian soldiers doing training exercises along the CSA border, 1986.
 
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Three T-15A Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicles during a Victory Week Parade, May 1st, 2020

The T-15 Armata is the replacement to the BMP series of Vehicles by the Soviet Military. Codenamed Object 149, the T-15 HIFV was designed as a heavier alternative to the VPK-7829 Bumerang APC and the Kurganets-25 IFV, which is lighter and amphibious, which the T-15 is not capable of. The T-15 can carry 11 fully equipped soldiers, a full squad, and the crew, as well as a second salvo of missiles and 550 rounds of Ammunition for its 25mm cannon.

The T-15's top speed is 60 km/h on paved roads, 50 km/h on non-paved surfaces. It is one of the first Non Main Battle Tanks in the world with an APS system, as well as the same hull armor scheme as the T-14 Armata MBT. It's estimated protection is 700mm against Kinetic rounds, 1400mm against Chemical projectiles.
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T-15B HIFVs during 2020 Victory Week Parade, Sverdlovsk Oblast

Starting design in 2013, the T-15 was first unveiled in 2014 during the All-Union arms show, held outside of Nizhny Tagil.Due to the lack of production on BMP-2 series, stopping in 2005.Fortunately, the nearly 60,000 BMP-2 units produced over 50 years kept the military fully stocked, but the obsolete nature of the BMP-2 only increased as other powers introduced modern vehicles. The BMP-3 and the BMD were fine, but nothing was able to immediately replace the massive numbers of older vehicles in service.

Serial production of the first hull, the T-15A, started in February of 2014 and an order was placed for 250 vehicles by January 1, 2015. Three factories were assigned to this task, more than capable of delivering on their orders. By January of next year, 330 Vehicles had been produced and 250 sold to the Soviet government, as part of a monetary and large-scale capital reform in the Soviet Union. Soviet Guards units on the Manchurian border and European frontiers were given small numbers of the T-15, and it quickly became a treasured vehicle for the soldiers and crew. It was not only faster, it had better firepower and far superior protection for the soldiers, who liked that they could exit the vehicle with ease. The Army later ordered a continuous production line delivered to the Army in weekly batches of 10.

It didn't take long for the demand for the new vehicles to far outstrip production, and a new factory complex in Nizhny Tagil was built, Ural Tank Works № 335. (Уральский танковый завод № 335) This factory, instantly the largest in Soviet territory, started forging modern vehicles without the retooling and material request issues that plagued Soviet production for the last half century.

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T-14 Armata conducting road testing, 2016

The T-14 Armata Universal Combat Platform, known simply as the Armata, is a fourth-generation main battle tank in use by the Soviet Union. Originally equipped with the 2A82 125mm cannon like it's predecessors, in 2017 it was upgraded to the 'B' variant, including a 2A90 130mm cannon and updated computer hardware to take into account new advancements. The lion's share of UTZ 335 was dedicated to producing these vehicles.
 
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Soldiers of the West Indies Federation
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A Wall Street investor tries to sell his car after losing all of his money in the stock market crash, 1925
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A Japanese Soldier guarding a section of the Great Wall of China, 1937
 
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Since it's declaration of independence, the Irish Republic has invested heavily in it's traditional and historic culture that was once suppressed under the British monarchy. Irish folk dance is particularly popular and has gained widespread appeal across the world.
 
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Martin Luther King, just days before he became President of the United Syndicalist States of America
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A British solider returning home to his eight-month old daughter after the capitulation of the German Empire, 1944.
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Russian citizens looking at the "Wall of Sorrow", honoring the victims of the the political purges committed by the Vozhd Boris Savinkov, 1988
 
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CSA troops loading a P-47 Thunderbolts .50 M2 Browning machine gun during the 2ACW, 1939
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Kaiser Wilhelm II posing with his German Shepherd, Lux. 1939
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The British warship RNS Chainbreaker, 1941
 
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